There’s nothing wrong with having all your private information out there, laid bare to the world. For an introvert, it’s bad personally, but it’s a major catastrophe when it comes to the business. Data breaches aren’t just serious, they’re potentially fatal, ending 90% of businesses that suffer them within two years. Don’t let it happen to you, here’s how you protect your business.
Teach your team a better way
Internal leaks are what cause the majority of data breaches. It’s not all hacking. Malicious agents within the business, passwords left out for someone to discover, lack of access control to sensitive data, phishing scams, and logged-in hardware and software left unattended are some of the most common sources of data breaches. Make sure you protect your business by giving your employees lessons on how to be smarter with how they use your tech, to eliminate human error while ensuring tighter control on which team members can access what so that a potential saboteur is kept out of the most important data.
Invest in real security
While your own employees may bring about their own risks, that doesn’t mean you can forget about hackers, as well. Anti-malware software can help protect you against the dangerous software always looking to infect computers, but hackers who are actively trying to break into your system are a different beast. Active monitoring, protection, and vulnerability checking provided by managed IT services are going to provide the security that software can’t. When there’s a human trying to access that data, you need a human that’s even more qualified to stop them.
Have some backups ready
Your IT services provider can help with this, but it’s always wise to make sure you have backups of your most vital data ready to replace any that might be lost, whether accidentally or due to malicious actors. Losing that data can cost the company a lot of money, so you should do what you can to ensure that it’s rarely permanently lost. Physical copies and digital copies on the Cloud can help you cover all your bases. Just make sure that they’re all encrypted so that they can’t be accessed by anyone who happens to find them.
Don’t forget the site
If you’re asking any of your website’s visitors to input data of any kind, then you have a responsibility to ensure they know exactly what is being done with that website. Security certificates are just one thing you can do to protect your website, but it’s a very visible signifier to your visitors that their data isn’t going to be up for grabs. More people are becoming more aware of the all-important padlock icon and “https” at the start of URLs, to the point that search engines actively push sites that aren’t secure further down in the listings.
Data security is on everyone’s mind now, not just yours, but also your customers. Some high-profile breaches have made security and privacy a greater concern than ever before, so they count on you to ensure that their data is protected.